Dell Software Helps School Districts Prepare to Implement Online Assessment Testing Programs

  Dell Software Helps School Districts Prepare to Implement Online Assessment
  Testing Programs

  *Schools planning to implement assessment testing programs can use the Dell
    KACE Family of Appliances to help ensure they are ready to technically
    support new testing systems
  *Dell’s end-to-end IT solutions can help schools prepare for a variety of
    education assessment programs such as Smarter Balanced, PARCC, DLM, NCSC
    and ASSETS
  *Dell KACE enables schools to boost efficiency without sacrificing quality
    education and securely managing many devices and multiple operating

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ROUND ROCK, Texas -- November 08, 2012

Dell software today announced the Dell KACE Family of Appliances delivers
systems management tools that help schools measure and evaluate technology
readiness for several online assessment testing programs to measure student
progress toward college and career readiness. These national programs include
Smarter Balanced, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers
(PARCC), Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), National Center and State Collaborative
(NCSC) and Assessment Services Supporting ELLs through Technology Systems

As school districts evaluate existing technology readiness for these online
assessment programs and plan for additional technology purchases, Dell KACE
can ensure districts’ devices including PCs, laptops and tablets, meet these
programs’ configuration specifications. As a first step, national programs
such as Smarter Balanced and PARCC, are providing a “Technology Readiness
Tool” to help K-12 schools identify their current technology infrastructure in
preparation for the transition to online testing. Once the infrastructure has
been identified, Dell KACE can then determine whether or not districts need to
buy new hardware or operating systems to support the testing system.

Technical Requirements Met

In order to administer these new assessment programs, a school district will
need to ensure its computer type, hardware, browser versions, operating
systems, and other equipment are configured correctly in order to interact
with the appropriate assessment systems. Additionally, districts will need to
ensure configuration with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
authentication and role-based permission for administrators, allowing them to
log in and send configuration items to managed components; and alerting and
remediating disk issues.

Dell KACE not only helps a school ensure its infrastructure satisfies many of
these programs’ requirements today, but also helps districts once a testing
program has been implemented. For example, Dell KACE can help to lock down
systems so that the operating system or applications cannot be changed by
users. Scripting can be used to lock down browser access and USB ports and
software distribution can ensure that systems have the required browsers and
standard applications. Dell KACE also includes a comprehensive reporting
module that lets IT administrators develop and produce reports in a variety of
formats for audit trails.

“In the near future, thousands of school districts will be tasked with
launching these assessment testing programs, and it’s critical that IT teams
ensure their systems are up to the task,” said Steve Plume, vice president of
marketing for Dell KACE. “As IT teams evaluate technology purchases, we’re
excited to be able to provide educational institutions the ability to meet
these requirements while streamlining their systems management tasks.”

A Good Choice for Educational Organizations

Through its award-winning systems management technology, Dell KACE can not
only help organizations streamline common systems management tasks such as
software inventory and asset management, they can also provide educational
organizations with an easy way to evaluate technology readiness as they
prepare to implement future student assessment programs. As districts evaluate
future technology purchases, Dell provides a variety of solutions that will
further improve teaching and learning by providing information and tools for
teachers and schools and helping children succeed.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is committed to helping students develop the
knowledge and skills they need to learn and succeed in an increasingly digital
world and a globally competitive workforce. As a top provider of technology
and services to schools, Dell listens to and works with students, educators,
administrators, parents and community members around the world to deliver
innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more in and
out of the classroom. Learn more about Dell in Education at
Follow us on Twitter @DellEDU.

Dell provides system-management solutions for customers of all sizes and
system complexity. The award-winning Dell KACE family of appliances delivers
easy-to-use, comprehensive, and affordable systems management capabilities for
organizations of all sizes. For more information, visit or follow the conversation at @DellKACE.

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Helpful Links

  *Dell KACE Management Appliance
  *Dell KACE Deployment Appliance
  *Dell KACE Virtual Systems Management Appliances
  *ITNinja Community

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Melissa Liton, 650-316-1238
WPP Team Dell
Jamie Soper, 415-254-5549
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